Battery storage planned at hydro sites

Barn Energy has installed 1.2MW batteries to storage power at two of its hydro-electric schemes in Yorkshire.

The company said they are the first batteries to be “deployed in the UK in combination with low-head river hydro schemes”.

Barn Energy and sister company Eelpower plan to install a battery at its third hydro scheme later this year.

> View Barn Energy's announcement


RedT chosen for tidal storage project

A consortium of European companies is to install a 600kW energy storage device made by British company RedT at its large-scale tidal generation demonstration project.

The UK tidal project is yet to secure finance or award its formal contracts.

Scott McGregor, Chief Executive at RedT, which is quoted on the Alternative Investment Market, said: “Tidal generation provides a consistent, regular supply of energy, ideal for coupling with our industrial energy storage machines to supply 24-hour base load energy, a service which is difficult to provide with conventional power-centric batteries.”

> Read RedT's announcement


McDonald’s aims to cut emissions by a third

Fast food chain McDonald’s has unveiled plans to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from its restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030, compared to 2015 levels.

The company also aims to reduce emissions intensity across its supply chain by 31% by 2030 from 2015 levels.

Both pledges have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

> See McDonald's statement


Island plans battery storage project

Canna Renewable Energy & Electrification Limited (CREEL) has secured £1.3 million to install six wind turbines, solar panels and batteries on the island of Canna in the Inner Hebrides.

The 15 residents on the island, which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), currently rely on three diesel generators.

The funding has come from the Big Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government, the Scottish & Southern Energy Highland Sustainable Development Fund, economic development agency Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the NTS.

> Find out more about Canna


Bristol University latest to pledge fossil fuel divestment

The University of Bristol is to sell all its investments in fossil fuel companies within two years.

The institution expects to become the first Russell Group university to fully divest from investments in coal, oil and gas companies.

The university currently has £2 million-worth of investments in companies that support the fossil fuel industry.

> See Bristol's statement